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Food Party: So Good, So Strange

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No bones about it, Food Party is a weird show. It’s off-kilter comedy at its off-est. It’s a cooking show, but you won’t get any dinner ideas out of it …at least we hope not. The shows surrealism is pervasive and while you could compare it to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse or Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, you probably shouldn’t. Although the series inventor and star, Thu Tran, does claim the classic Nickelodeon show You Can’t Do That on Television as inspiration. While it wouldn’t be surprising to see someone get slimed on Food Party, this is show is still a lulu.

Instead of thinking about it as television, per se, it’s almost easier to process the show as art. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that the videos were being shown in art galleries. Thu Tran and puppetmaster Daniel Baxter met at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where they first started making these strange little short films. When they came to New York they showed their art in galleries and built of a following of devotees. Once you recognize the show as art, you have to admit it’s a lot more fun to watch than a film strip of early 18th century still life paintings. So sit back, relax, and get some culture in the comfort of your own living room.

In this episode (installation piece?) Thu wins a game show and the grand prize is 8 turkeys. Wacky hijinks ensue:

Here, Thu is a vampire who has raised the ire of a little German boy for taking his pet duck. It all ends well since the little German boy is reunited with his beloved duck …but only after he is turned into a vampire. Oh well!

The Poopisode of Food Party airs tonight at 11:45 p.m.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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